We've partnered with innovation agency Nesta to internationalise their Creative Enterprise programme and disseminate their training methodology around the world. Early-stage founders are introduced to creative and practical tools which simply, but critically, offer a useful framework for developing, testing and turning their creative ideas into a sustainable practice. The workshops are participatory, allowing people to explore and develop their own values, skills, ambitions and confidence. They also encourage participants to question each other's models, on the basis that creative practices need to stand up to scrutiny if they are to be resilient and sustainable.
We've run these workshops in Nigeria, Russia, UAE, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines and the programme continues to roll out globally. We've translated the Toolkit into Mandarin, Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese and Portuguese and made them available as free downloads. It has been designed to help creative founders develop their business ideas step-by-step and discover - within a tried and tested framework - what values and relationships are important to their enterprises. So far, we've helped develop the skills capacity of over 500 creative enterprise founders globally.
The programme has also been cascaded via a "train the trainer" model to those who have an interest in delivering training themselves.
"(This training programme) gave us the opportunity to discover non-traditional and non-directive ways on how to deliver assistance to people... We are looking forward to sharing and enlightening more people with the knowledge we’ve gained during the training." - Nikka Ross Turado, Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Creative Industries section.